Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup
What if I told you your great grandparents may have grown up on morphine and heroin?
Mrs. Winslow’s popular soothing syrup contained 65 mg morphine sulphate per fluid ounce (0.03 l), sodium carbonate, spritis foeniculi and aqua ammonia. It was first marketed in Bangor, Maine in 1849.
While this may seem strange to you, drugs of all sorts were quite common in those years. Cocaine was widely used and was popular in Britain in the late 19th century, and Heroin (invented in 1874) was synthesized and available to purchase in pills.